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Australia 'Don't you think I'm upset?': NSW Premier clashes with radio host over cruise debacle

12:15  02 april  2020
12:15  02 april  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and 2GB radio host Ben Fordham have clashed live on air as questions about who is to blame for the Ruby Princess debacle continues to haunt the state government.

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Of the 4,976 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, the incredible number that originated from the Ruby Princess' Sydney docking has put immense pressure on the NSW Premier, the state's health department and the federal Border Force, with no-one yet officially held accountable and finger-pointing making the situation even murkier.

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Premier Berejiklian hit back at the anger towards NSW Health when 2GB's Fordham asked on his radio show why nobody had yet been "sufficiently punished", and questioned the authority of the state government after the cruise ship controversy.

"Someone in a trusted public position let sick people leave a cruise ship and spread a deadly virus across Australia in the middle of a global pandemic," Fordham said.

"How can we trust the same health authorities now when they were so stupid with the Ruby Princess?"

"Can I just ask you to please to just be careful with that language?" Premier Berejiklian replied.

"At the end of the day we've had assurances that [NSW] Health followed the protocols. The protocols have since been changed and they relied on advice provided by the ship.

"I say please be careful with those words. These health officials are working around the clock. They are working day and night. They are putting their own health on the line for other people.

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"I appreciate how upset everybody is. Don't you think I'm upset? I've lived this and breathed this every day of my life. I'm upset about it as much as anybody else, but it's not right to point the finger until we get to the bottom of what happened.

"There were several authorities involved and I'll be the first one to look someone in the eye if they've done the wrong thing and make them accountable."

a bag of luggage: Crew members have been taken from the Ruby Princess as the cases connected to the cruise ship continue to rise. © Provided by 9News.com.au Crew members have been taken from the Ruby Princess as the cases connected to the cruise ship continue to rise.

The Premier refused to apologise specifically to those people affected by the Ruby Princess controversy, but was "sorry about every single person who has had this deadly virus".

"It's horrible. But I also want to say that it's my responsibility to get to the bottom of what happened and it's also my responsibility to look every single Health person in the eye, which I've done, and they've all assured me that they went according to the protocols," she said.

The Premier admitted there remains some concern that NSW Health staff were given the wrong information from people on board the cruise ship before passengers were allowed to disembark and take any method of transport they wished to return to their homes around Australia.

"That is absolutely potentially the case. That is what the Chief Medical Officer said," the Premier explained.

"She [the CMO] has said publicly from day one that Health responded to the information they had and that they in fact exceeded the protocols that existed at that time.

"After this was revealed to the public in the way it was, I then said to the Police Commissioner [Mick Fuller], 'You need to deal with the federal Border Force, we need to change these protocols, because we can't allow this to happen again'.

"So please Ben, I urge you to be careful with the language you use, because at the end of the day we are yet to ascertain what went wrong.

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"With all due respect, until we know exactly what happened, it's not fair to blame the NSW Health officials because they acted according to the federal protocols."

Premier Berejiklian said that while she's asked Commissioner Fuller to investigate what information was provided to NSW Health and other authorities that led to the Ruby Princess gaffe, she confirmed that he has been positively liaising with Border Force "multiple times a day" since.

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An investigation is underway after a man quarantined in a WA hotel was allegedly denied medical help for COVID-19. Sydney couple Ken and Kathleen Watson were flown into Perth on March 30 after disembarking the Costa Luminosa cruise ship in Italy after passengers tested positive for the virus.The Watsons were sent to Crown promenade to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. © Supplied Sydney couple Ken and Kathleen Watson were flown into Perth on March 30 after disembarking the Costa Luminosa cruise ship in Italy after passengers tested positive for the virus.

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